Order
Cuculiformes
Family
Cuculidae
Genus
Neomorphus
 
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Version 1.0

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SPECIES

Scaled Ground-Cuckoo Neomorphus squamiger

Janice M. Hughes
Version: 1.0 — Published June 29, 2018

Behavior

Introduction

All aspects of the behavior of Scaled Ground-Cuckoo are very poorly known.

It is a primarily terrestrial species (Parker et al. 1996) that runs and walks swiftly along the forest floor on long legs and robust feet; the movements of ground-cuckoos in this regard have been described as squirrel-like (Sick 1997).

Scaled Ground-Cuckoo perches on low branches or fallen debris to rest or preen, raising or lowering its crest and long tail as it surveys the surroundings. This species scratches its head by passing its leg under its wing.

Territoriality

No information on territoriality, or on home range size; Scaled Ground-Cuckoo probably occupies a large territory in undisturbed primary tropical forest habitat.

Sexual Behavior

There is no information on the sexual behavior of Scaled Ground-Cuckoo; probably has a monogamous mating system.

Social and interspecific behavior

Poorly known. Typically seen singly, or, rarely, in pairs.

Predation

No information.

Recommended Citation

Hughes, J. M. (2018). Scaled Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus squamiger), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.scgcuc1.01